There has been a lot of talk about the Obama’s 2009 Halloween party. Opulent? When Hollywood actors and directors offer their services; when whole rooms of the White House are redecorated to suit the Alice in Wonderland theme; when the sky’s the limit on food and drink; and the guest list is the politeratti; yes it’s opulent.
Even though it wasn’t reported by the media, parties at the White House continued to flow like Veuve Clicquot at a free bar bash. Stevie Wonder and Sir Paul McCartney are just two of the many celebrities who have partied at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue – that we know about.
Now that the Halloween party is out in the open, perhaps the Obamas need some new ideas for parties. Why not have a Party post in the Cabinet? You could call it the Department of Entertainment. Even if Congress didn’t rubber stamp it, Obama could recess appoint one and let the good times roll.
That might be a good place to start – Mardi Gras. Why not an over the top party where Michelle and Democrat Senators’ wives could climb aboard a float, go down Pennsylvania Avenue and throw out Health Care waivers to the peasants along the route? Wouldn’t Michelle look smashing in a royal gown dripping with Swarovski crystals and fake pearls, a crown on her head? Why not give out real gold coins for tokens; it’s only money – bitter clinger tax money. They could even hold a lottery for $3 where the winner could party with the O’s til the Secret Service throws them out.
Surely you wouldn’t need a holiday for an Occupy Wall Street party, would you? This party might be something Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn would want to attend. They could set up tents in the Blue Room with authentic toilet stalls in the hallways or go underground. All that retro wear from the 60s could get a chance to live again. Instead of napkins, you could use toilet paper and the White House chef would surely love to come up with some clever party food. Defecake served on trays that look like police shields would have Martha Stewart agog and featuring it in the next issue of her magazine.
Then there’s always a 1929 party. Maybe Prince could come and change the lyrics to his song to that date instead of 1999. Hollywood directors would probably love to stage this. Wouldn’t it be fun to set up jumping stations that look like building ledges that people could use to fulfill Michelle’s “Let’s Move” obsession? Cocktails like the Dow Jones Plunge or the Red Inktini could be served by waiters in jail costumes who look like convicted Wall Street executives. It would be most fun on a day when the stock market tanks; it’s a lot more fun to have fun when others are suffering.
White House, this is just a quick list of ideas. Now that the cat is out of the bag, don’t be limited in your vision. There’s always a Godfather theme; wouldn’t it be funny to put an elephant head in Mitch McConnell’s bed? How about a Truman Capote black and white party? There couldn’t be any objections to that or you’d be a racist. And don’t overlook a toga party. Nothing is as much fun as fiddling while Rome burns.
If you feel uneasy about partying in an election year, at least there’s 2013. Win reelection and then we could really find out what it means to party, DNC style.